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Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, Barbie movie

Greta Gerwig is writing the new Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie

The Lady Bird creator will be joined by Frances Ha director Noah Baumbach to pen the film

Looks like Barbie is going indie – it’s been confirmed that Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are writing the script for the toy icon’s movie. 

As the Hollywood Reporter reports, The Warner Bros’ feature will see the duo collaborate on the Barbie film script, with reports that Gerwig is also hoping to direct. Margot Robbie is also set to play the starring role and is on board as a producer.

A live-action Barbie has been rumoured since 2018, with both Anne Hathaway and Amy Schumer previously in talks for the lead role, and Alethea Jones directing. This news of the Ladybird director and writer at the film’s helm is the first report since the movie moved from Sony to Warner.

Gerwig and Baumbach have collaborated on indie film classics including Mistress America, Frances Ha, and Greenberg.

Postproduction is currently underway on Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh as the iconic, much-loved March sisters, as well as Timothee Chalamet. Baumbach is currently working on an as-of-yet-untitled dramedy for Netflix, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson